Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies is a unique opportunity for students to complement their regular graduate degrees, with a specialization in the growing field of forced migration studies. Through the Diploma program, students connect with faculty, students and visiting scholars at York’s internationally recognized Centre for Refugee Studies. At graduation, students receive a printed copy of any Diploma awarded and a notation is made on future transcripts showing Diplomas earned.


1. Students must first be admitted to an undergraduate degree program at York University. Once a student’s program has been clearly defined, he or she can formally register in the Certificate Program. Students should apply to enter the Certificate program before the beginning of their 3rd Year.

2. Students must complete AS/SOSC 1130 9.0 International Migration or AP/GEOG 2310 6.00 Introduction to Refugee and Migration Studies, as well as 18 additional credits from the available courses. Students can discuss the applicability of other courses with the CRS Education Coordinator.

3. Students must also achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.0 or higher in the courses taken for the Certificate.

4. All students enrolled in the General Certificate Program must attend a minimum of 8 CRS seminar presentations over the course of their degree. Note: Any seminar in addition to the regular CRS seminars that are either hosted or co-sponsored by CRS can also count towards fulfilling this requirement.

5. Students are required to complete 15 hours volunteer participation in the Student Caucus and/or other CRS activities. Please see list of activities for suggestions.

Unless otherwise stated or agreed upon between each of the participating Faculties and the Center Refugee Studies, students registered for the Certificate will have their progress monitored by the Education Coordinator at the Centre for Refugee Studies, or by a Faculty member from the respective Faculty who agrees to serve as an advisor. In consideration of the intended interdisciplinary nature of the Certificate, advisers will guide students in course selections to result in reasonable exposure to various disciplines participating in the Certificate Program.

How to Apply?

If you are interested in applying for the Certificate Program you must first complete the application for entry to undergraduate certificate program and submit it to the Education Coordinator at the Centre for Refugee and Migration Studies on the 8th floor of Kaneff Tower or via email for review. Once the Centre for Refugee Studies receives your documents, staff member will inform you on your enrollment status.

Note# 1: Student graduates of Seneca College who are recipients of the Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees Diploma can apply for advanced standing for the CRS General Certificate.
Note# 2: Enrollment in the Certificate Program does not guarantee enrollment in courses offered by each Department.
Note# 3: The Certificate is directly awarded to the student by York University and the Centre for Refugee Studies has no authority to issue Certificates to the students. Please remember to submit your signed application form to graduate to the Registrar’s Office with a clear indication that you are also eligible to graduate with the Certificate.

Ready to Graduate?

Students who have completed all the requirements must fill in the application to graduate form  and submit  it to the Centre Coordinator Michele Millard where the requirements will be verified.